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Day laborers helped by groups in NY, elsewhere

January 27, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Day laborers say their wages and working conditions are improving with help from advocacy groups in New York and around the country.

The workers, often immigrants, say they don't necessarily have to wait on a street corner anymore to find work that often turns out to be grueling and unsafe.

Many say they are seeing their wages rise and businesses say they're getting more experienced workers.

With help from a New York City nonprofit, Mexican immigrant Javier Aranda said his daily wages went from $70 to $180. He says he is able now to save more and send more money home.

The day laborer groups, many in big cities, help negotiate temporary contracts and teach workers health and safety standards and how to prevent wage theft, a common problem.



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